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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Mom, Tot Injured In ATV Hit-And-Run

Mom, Tot Injured In ATV Hit-And-Run

A Mountain Village woman was arrested Wednesday after driving an ATV into a woman pushing a toddler in a stroller.

August 28, 2014 - 2:40 pm
Charges Filed Against Bethel Man Shot in Altercation with Police

Charges Filed Against Bethel Man Shot in Altercation with Police

The state has filed charges against the 31-year-old Bethel man who was shot after he wielded a baseball bat in a fight with Bethel Police.

August 26, 2014 - 9:16 am

Bethel Man Recovering From Gunshot Wound After Altercation With Police

A 31-year-old Bethel man is recovering after being shot by a police officer during an altercation Friday. The man, Aaron Moses, was stabilized in Bethel and medevaced to Anchorage. One officer was also treated for minor injuries.

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August 18, 2014 - 5:13 pm
More Commercial Coho Fishing Coming to the Kuskokwim

More Commercial Coho Fishing Coming to the Kuskokwim

There’s a sigh of relief on the middle Kuskokwim River as the silver salmon have arrived and smokehouses are firing up. The run appears to be looking good, and the Department of Fish and Game says the river is ready for more commercial fishing.

August 14, 2014 - 8:10 am
Bethel Residents Press City Council on Allegations of Police Brutality

Bethel Residents Press City Council on Allegations of Police Brutality

Bethel citizens called for action from the City Council regarding allegations of police brutality at their regular meeting Tuesday evening.  The city says they are investigating and officials are keeping the details under wrap as they are evidently facing litigation.

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August 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm
The Alaska Territorial Guard Memorial Park Wall of Honor was dedicated August 1, 2014. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

Alaska Territorial Guard ‘Wall of Honor’ Dedicated in Bethel

Volunteers working at Bethel’s Alaska Territorial Guard Memorial Park are one step closer to completion. On Friday afternoon, local organizers and state military leadership dedicated the recently completed ‘Wall of Honor.’

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August 5, 2014 - 5:34 pm
No Plans Yet For Commercial Kuskokwim Opening

No Plans Yet For Commercial Kuskokwim Opening

For the second consecutive week, it’s “wait and see” for fishermen who are eager or anxious for the next commercial opening on Kuskokwim River.

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July 31, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Officials Consider Proposed Federal Takeover of Kuskokwim Salmon Fishery

After a summer of long Chinook salmon closures and a weak chum run on the Kuskokwim river, middle and upper river subsistence fishermen eagerly await word about whether the federal government will take control of the fishery.

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July 25, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Former Bethel Foster Parent Sentenced 66 Years for Child Sex Abuse

Former Bethel foster parent Peter Tony will spend the rest of his life in prison. Tony was sentenced Tuesday to 66 years in jail with no parole for three consolidated child sex abuse counts in which he pleaded guilty.

July 22, 2014 - 4:11 pm
Governor Parnell signs HB 301, which eases the burdens on families for required autopsies. L to R: Alaska Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Zientek, Rep. Bob Herron, Governor Sean Parnell, YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman, and Senator Lyman Hoffman. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK - Bethel)

Governor Signs Bill in Bethel to Ease Autopsy Burden

Governor Sean Parnell was in Bethel Thursday to sign a bill intended to help rural families navigate the process of having an autopsy done hundreds of miles away in Anchorage.

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July 18, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Permitting Officials Explore Alternatives For Donlin Gold Mine

Donlin Gold is in a multiyear permitting process for the proposed gold mine located north of Crooked Creek about 120 miles upriver from Bethel. Scientists and engineers are now studying not just Donlin’s proposed plan, but several variations that would significantly change the mine.

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July 16, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Calista Looking to Expand

Facing federal budget slashing and continued pressure on 8(a) contracting, the Calista Regional Native Corporation is continuing to look beyond federal contracts. The company acquired STG, a major construction company last year and is hoping to grow across the economy.

July 14, 2014 - 4:03 pm
Subsistence Fishermen Say Commercial Chum Fishing Is Too Early

Subsistence Fishermen Say Commercial Chum Fishing Is Too Early

As the Kuskokwim River king salmon run comes to an end, the Department of Fish and Game is looking toward a commercial chum opening in the lower river Friday. But in a year with unprecedented Chinook restrictions and increased reliance on chum salmon, many middle river fishermen say it’s too early.

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July 9, 2014 - 5:43 pm
Donlin Gold and the Kuskokwim Corporation Sign Long-Term Land-Use Deal

Donlin Gold and the Kuskokwim Corporation Sign Long-Term Land-Use Deal

Donlin Gold and the Kuskokwim Corporation have signed a surface rights agreement for the proposed gold mine located 120 miles upriver of Bethel. The deal gives the native corporation rights to some construction contracts and sets financial terms for decades to come.

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June 30, 2014 - 5:26 pm
City of Bethel Investigation Reveals Improper Contracts and Perks

City of Bethel Investigation Reveals Improper Contracts and Perks

The Bethel City Council has released a redacted version of its investigation into city contracts, nepotism, and personnel issues. The investigation led to the firing of Bethel’s city manager in May and reveals improperly awarded contracts, special agreements, and violations of the city’s previous nepotism rule. It chronicles mismanagement by former city manager, Lee Foley.

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June 25, 2014 - 4:50 pm

In First Drift Opening Near Bethel, Managers Balance Chinook Conservation with Opportunity

After months of planning and studying the numbers, state and federal managers will open the first six-inch-drift gillnet opening on the most densely populated stretch of the Kuskokwim river. The tremendous fishing power will be aimed at chum and sockeye salmon, but managers are moving cautiously to make sure enough king salmon make it to spawning grounds.

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June 24, 2014 - 4:46 pm
Anxiety and Threats on the Kuskokwim as First Salmon Gillnet Openings Near

Anxiety and Threats on the Kuskokwim as First Salmon Gillnet Openings Near

Four weeks into salmon fishing restrictions, the atmosphere along the Kuskokwim River is tense. At a meeting Tuesday the stress the closures are causing was obvious. But gillnet fishing for salmon is near.

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June 18, 2014 - 5:29 pm
The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group discusses the first 6″ gillnet openings. (Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK)

Anxiety and Threats on the Kuskokwim as First Salmon Gillnet Openings Near

Four weeks into salmon fishing restrictions, the atmosphere along the Kuskokwim River is tense. At a meeting Tuesday the stress the closures are causing was obvious, but gillnet fishing for salmon is near.

June 18, 2014 - 9:46 am
Bethel residents line up to receive McDonald’s cheesburgers from GCI. (KYUK photo)

GCI Celebrates 3G Data Service in Bethel with 6,000 Cheeseburgers

GCI celebrated the launch of 3G data service in Bethel by flying in 6,000 McDonald’s cheeseburgers. The Friday lunchtime crowd stretched out and around the parking lot of the Long House Hotel.

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June 17, 2014 - 5:15 pm
Kuskokwim Fishermen Look To Loosen Restrictions at Yupiit Nation Forum

Kuskokwim Fishermen Look To Loosen Restrictions at Yupiit Nation Forum

Kuskokwim fishermen looked for some relief from the king salmon restrictions at a Yupiit Nation tribal fish forum in Bethel on Friday.

June 16, 2014 - 11:09 am